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SCOTTSDALE COMMERCE & NEWS
NEWS
Law enforcement

Scottsdale Police arrest 2 men connected to Valley crime spree

Two men allegedly responsible for 12 separate crimes across the Valley have been arrested by Scottsdale Police Department, officials say. Marcos Anthony Herrera, 41, and Anthony Michael Murray, 45, …

Scottsdale Police Department conducts driver safety detail through June 5

To enhance traffic safety, the Scottsdale Police Department will support the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Buckle up Arizona Enforcement campaign.
Sports

Pac-12 baseball tournament starts May 25 at Scottsdale Stadium

Play Ball, Scottsdale! The Pac-12’s inaugural baseball tournament swings in Scottsdale May 25-29 at Scottsdale Stadium. The double elimination tournament will take place over five days at …
Government

Scottsdale proposes 2.66% primary property tax increase

Scottsdale is proposing an increase in primary property taxes of $931,256 or 2.66%. A 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, “Truth in Taxation” public hearing is being hosted by the city of …
Subscriber Exclusive

Powered by light: BLM again looking at more places to produce Arizona power

Visualizing Arizona’s desert landscape, the blazing hot sun rises to the front of mind; and with government interest in creating more renewable energies, it begs the question of how much solar …
Aviation

Scottsdale Airport Advisory Commission Chair receives aviation award

Charlie McDermott, who serves on the Scottsdale Airport Advisory Commission, has been honored by the Arizona Airports Association for his knowledge and vast experience. McDermott is currently the …
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SCOTTSDALE OPINION

Gaudio: Be an ally

My first exposure to transphobia occurred several years ago while waiting to board a flight at DFW Airport. A family of four, including two teenagers, were sitting across from me at the gate. …
Photo by Arianna Grainey

Milhaven: What’s the big idea?

Last week, City Council gave direction to staff to begin a conversation about the expiring Preserve tax. In 1995, residents approved a 2/10% sales tax to fund land acquisitions in the Preserve. That …

Klapp: Hedge funds can provide economic stability in times of uncertainty

Arizona families are facing a dire and tumultuous economic uncertainty. Sky high inflation and world events have caused instability resulting in higher prices at the grocery store, gas pumps, and …

Henninger: Upcoming city council election calls for Scottsdale leadership

In preparing for a podcast conversation with community leader Gary Shapiro, I came across comments he wrote a decade ago about leadership in Scottsdale. “The naysayers have taken great pride …

LaPorte: Tree removal saga continues in Arcadia at Silverleaf

The city of Scottsdale stands by helplessly as an environmentally insensitive HOA methodically begins destroying a small forest of 970 fifty-foot shade trees in the north Scottsdale community of …

Cantor: Family history reminds how similar the past, present are

I hate moving. I know I am not alone, but three times in less than a year, while enduring COVID and a broken hand… I really hate moving household. Then this past weekend there were the …

Sacco: Webinar shares the importance of Scottsdale’s tourism promotion

As residents, we all enjoy the benefits that come with living in a thriving resort destination — hotels, spas, museums, restaurants, golf courses and more. Yet we don’t always recognize …

Kush: Beware of candidates wrong for Scottsdale

When Barry Graham was first appointed to the Scottsdale Planning Commission eyes rolled as some people were aware that Mr. Graham had exactly zero experience in the planning and zoning practice and …

Hague: Will real estate commissions get cut in half?

If you’ve sold a home in the past you know that sellers typically pay a 5%-6% real estate commission, with about half (2.5%-3%) paid to the agent who represents the buyer. This “sellers …

Kohl: Scottsdale Leadership seeking new applicants

Do you feel passionate about influencing the future of our community, and engaging in relationship building, civil dialogue, and thoughtful action with other servant leaders to do so? Then consider …
SCOTTSDALE EDUCATION
Desert Mountain Wolves celebrate graduation last school year with the traditional cap toss.

Scottsdale Schools’ class of 2022 graduations get underway

Although a final number of graduating seniors is yet to be tallied, about 1,800 students will don caps and gowns to graduate from the Scottsdale Unified School District this month.
This is the first of several opportunities for the Yavapai Elementary School community to gather at the Miller Road school, which has been closed this school year.

Yavapai Elementary community BBQ, reopening celebration is May 18

From 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a welcome back BBQ event for next school year’s Yavapai Elementary School students, their families and the Yavapai school community on Wednesday, May 18, at 701 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale.
Two Desert Mountain High School seniors are named among the 2022 National Merit Scholarship winners.

Local students listed among National Merit Scholarship winners

Some Scottsdale students are among recipients named on the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s list announced.
The deadline to purchase is May 20, for 250 commemorative bricks that will be sold.

Commemorative bricks sold for Kiva Elementary fundraiser

Kiva Elementary School, which was originally built in Paradise Valley in 1957, is in the process of getting a new campus built and is selling engraved bricks for the memorial garden on the new campus set to open this fall.

Kiva Elementary teachers check-out school rebuild

Faculty members of Kiva Elementary School toured the campus rebuild in March, seeing progress made on the Paradise Valley school. According to district documents, the project was 56% complete as …
Scottsdale Neighbors & Business Reporting
Neighbors

Fountain Hills celebrates Rotary Splash Pad reopening

On Thursday, May 26, the town of Fountain Hills held a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Rotary Splash Pad for children to have a place to cool off at 17000 E. El Lago Blvd.

Classic Monopoly board game to have Scottsdale edition

Mr. Monopoly is making his way to Scottsdale, and he wants you to be part of his next venture.
giving

Desert Mountain CARE posts record-breaking year

CARE, the Desert Mountain-based charity that funds breakthrough cancer research in the greater Phoenix area, raised a record-breaking $1.2 million in donations for fiscal year 2021-22.
medical

Scottsdale resident named chair-elect of physicians board

Scottsdale resident Priya Radhakrishnan has been named chair-elect of the Board of Governors of the American College of Physicians, the national organization of Internal Medicine specialists.
Good cause

Scottsdale football fan group donates money to LovePup Foundation

For the second consecutive year, EaglesWest, a local fan club of the Philadelphia Eagles football team, donated $12,200 to a local dog charity. EaglesWest is run out of Rockbar Inc., in …
Business

Scottsdale Community Bank, the first new community bank in Arizona in more than 14 years, will hold a grand opening ceremony for its investors and special guests on May 18, including Scottsdale Mayor …

Patrick Hogan has joined Scottsdale law firm Rose Law Group and will add heft to the energy and real estate transaction departments. Hogan, the son of legal heavyweight Tim Hogan, worked in the …
Institutional Property Advisors, a division of Marcus & Millichap, has announced the sale of Liv North Scottsdale, a 240-unit multifamily asset in Scottsdale. The property sold for $145 …
The annual list of the Top 200 Experts in the Construction Industry, compiled and presented by Fixr.com, has just been released — and it includes Scottsdale resident Larry Kush. Kush is a former …
Scottsdale Entertainment
His raw subway style is transformed onto canvas, paper, and metal in works capturing the color, energy, and style of art permeated through the New York City subway system from the late 1970s to the 1990s.

Walter Art Gallery showcases ‘Subway Rush’ through June 17

The Walter Art Gallery, 6425 E. Thomas Road, Scottsdale, presents “Subway Rush,” the solo show of Charles Giglia also known as SAR.
A closing reception will be held from 5-7 p.m., Saturday, June 11, at Royse Contemporary, 7077 E. Main St., Suite 6 in the Scottsdale Arts District.

Royse Contemporary displays ‘Reality Versus Imagination’ through June 12

Royse Contemporary debuted a group exhibition, “Reality Versus Imagination,” in April to examine ideas of reality verses imagination while reflecting on the artists perspective and creative process.
Image of one of Jana Peterson's work.

Paradise Valley Artists of the Year alum display work at Gammage in June

Father and daughter artists, Jack and Jana Peterson, who were both “Artist of the Year” before at the Paradise Valley City Hall, will exhibit paintings in the Grady Gammage lobby during June.
Beverly McIver at the opening of her exhibit at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Scottsdale art exhibit celebrates life, work of Beverly McIver

An exhibition presenting more than 50 works that demonstrate the diversity of Beverly McIver’s thematic approach to painting over 25 years is ongoing in Scottsdale.
The cast of “Exit Dust” includes Patti Suarez, Avery Volk, James Powers, Nathan Spector and Tom Koelbel.

‘Exit Dust’ on stage now in Scottsdale

There are still chances to catch the latest production from Theatre Artists Studio in Scottsdale.
Former Arizona Concours d’Elegance winners included a Bugatti Atlantic and Marmon Sixteen. The event will move to the newly renovated Scottsdale Civic Center in January 2023.

Scottsdale to welcome reborn Arizona Concours d’Elegance in 2023

The Arizona Concours d’Elegance returns as the highlight of Arizona Car Week in January 2023, partnering with Scottsdale Arts to bring some of the world’s rarest and most valuable collector cars for display at Scottsdale Civic Center.

Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration at WestWorld returns

Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration at WestWorld returns for a ninth year to deliver patriotic and family entertainment capped off by one of Arizona’s largest fireworks displays, 4:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4.
BODYTRAFFIC, Limón Dance Company and Dance Heginbotham (clockwise from left) are the three featured companies in the 2022–23 Dance Series at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts announces 2022–23 Dance Series

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has announced the performances that will be part of its 2022–23 Dance Series.
Jonathan Phillippi and Kellen Bryant are part of the upcoming cast.

‘Pooh’ to celebrate Fountain Hills Youth Theater’s 100th production

Fountain Hills Youth Theater will present “Winnie the Pooh, KIDS!” as the 100th production to be presented on the youth stage.
Children show off their artwork at the inaugural Conservation Art Challenge. This year’s challenge is May 20-June 8.

Kids can earn free ticket to aquarium with art submission

In recognition of Endangered Species Day on May 20 and World Oceans Day on June 8, OdySea Aquarium is offering a free child’s admission ticket when they create an endangered species art piece …
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